[LMB] FILK: Winterfair is coming

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at Filker.Org
Wed, 4 Dec 2002 17:50:24 -0500 (EST)


On Wed, 4 Dec 2002, Peter Newman wrote:

#I wonder if the Barrayaran Mark has 160 pence in it as
#some medieval (two thirds of a pound x 240 pence to the
#pound = 160) Marks did. Of course given that this is
#Barrayar and that 'Count' is descended from 'accountant'
#it may be that a Mark is simply a tally 'mark' on a piece
#of parchment (a stick?) that the early Counts used for
#their tax collection records. Perhaps a mark represented
#the smallest amount worth marking down.

Oh, a very clever thought.

-- Mark A. Mandel